Andrea Parikh

Andrea Parikh
Andrea moved from Connecticut to Burlington ten years ago after falling in love with a native Vermonter, and Vermont, and never looked back. The former city girl now resides in a small mountain town with her amazing husband, two tiny bosses, and one equally imperious pup. When she's not busy creating healthy(ish) treats for her family and friends, you can find her swimming, doing yoga, reading, or hiking. Andrea loves to connect people with other people by creating community-building events and hosting social gatherings. Getting outdoors is what keeps her sane, along with practicing mindfulness and jumping into ice-cold water.

I Hate Halloween

I hate Halloween. There, I said it. I'm finally sharing my unpopular opinion about what I think is the worst holiday ever. Besides the whole asinine practice of telling our kids it's okay to...

MORE Family-Friendly, Healthy Chocolate Desserts

On today’s episode of “Chocolate Completes Me," I will share three more delicious and healthy chocolate desserts that your whole family will love.  Before I do though, I feel the need to clear something up....

Why I Think Hunt Gather Parent is the Best Parenting Book Ever

Most good parenting books offer at least one nugget of wisdom that you can take with you on your parenting journey. Some, however, are not even worth reading the book jacket. If you choose...

Healthy Chocolate Desserts to Satisfy Your Family’s Sweet Tooth

Chocolate is my kryptonite. If you’re unfamiliar with that term it is defined as an extraordinary exploitable weakness. That might sound extreme, but if you know me, you know it’s true. I ingest some...

Being A Mom Without a Mom

The relationship between a mother and daughter is unlike any other. There is arguably no one else in the world who knows you so wholly and so intimately, sometimes better than you know yourself....

All Natural Healthy Treats for Your Child’s Lunchbox

I love chocolate. I love it so much that one time, I told my five-year-old that I love her more than anything in the whole wide world, and her retort was… More than chocolate? My...
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Mom’s Top Tips for Less Stressful Home Renovations

Whether done out of necessity or by choice, home renovation projects can be daunting. They are (more often than not) tediously detailed, expensive, and stressful. My husband and I love our 40-year-old home, so we...

How to Make New Friends and Find Your Mom Squad

I have a lot of friends and I'm not saying that to brag. I'm saying it because I'm proud of myself. I have spent most of my life as a shy, introverted bystander. A...

Thoughtful and Frugal Gifts for Teachers and School Support Staff

As the holidays quickly approach, I’ve been brainstorming, crowdsourcing, and researching thoughtful and frugal gifts for teachers and school support staff who all help make my daughter’s school the wonderful place of learning that...

Ten Life Lessons I Learned From My Toddlers

Children boast a wealth of knowledge before they can even clearly articulate their wisdom. Here are ten invaluable life lessons I learned from my toddlers. Sweat the small stuff! When you make a big deal...

Just Say NO to the Summer Bucket List

Summer is short here in Vermont. We got a rare May preview of it when it hit 80 for a few days in a row before we even got our snow tires off. This brief...
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Why I Don’t Sleep With My Husband

Before having children, I could have slept through a tornado. After our two beautiful daughters arrived, the sound of his slippers hitting the floor as he crawled into bed jolted me awake like a...

Vermont Ice Baths: The Cold that Refreshes My Soul

Girl, you are crazy! That is the reaction I get when a friend or family member learns about my new hobby. “You seriously go into freezing water... in the middle of winter in Vermont... for...